With many publishers and developers saving their big-name releases until the end of the month this week’s new release assortment is slightly slimmer than usual. There are plenty of smaller titles to get stuck into though, so worry not.

Small but perfectly formed, in the case of Anthill. Image & Form are back with a remaster (of sorts) of their first-ever handheld release. The arrival of the Switch Lite persuaded them to port their garden gang RTS, being ideally suited to a handheld system. Thants.

There are a trio of RPGs to consider too, including Destiny Connect: Tick Tock Travelers. This one is aimed at younger role-playing fans, complete with simplified mechanics. Ultimately, this has resulted in some less than positive review scores.

“Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a child-friendly, happy-go-lucky, time-travelling adventure that’s enjoyable… for about an hour or so. Simply put, there are far better JRPGs out there – many of them equally carefree and friendly towards young gamers and newbies, and even more so,” was Cubed3’s verdict.

Open-world 2D RPG Cat Quest II seems to be more worthwhile. “Diehard RPG fanatics might find it’s a little on the easy side, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s genuinely good fun to play,” said Nintendo Life.

Speaking of sequels, Mary Skelter 2 has crept out of the shadows. The Japanese dungeon crawler has gained decent reviews, including a 7/10 from Nintendo World Report.

Into the Dead 2 also turns up on the eShop a week ahead of Halloween. We were looking forward to this zombie shooter – it has both Ghostbusters and The Walking Dead DLC – but it appears to be falling flat with critics. It’s a glorified mobile conversion that suffers from repetition, making the asking price (£31.49) difficult to swallow.

“If you’re an absolutely massive fan of running through endless waves of zombies whilst very slowly unlocking weapons to make it seem as though you’re somehow changing that experience, fill your boots, but everyone else should maybe check this out for free on a mobile device first instead” warned Nintendo Life.

The full release of new Switch releases can be found below. Other games of note include a conversion of the Mega CD semi-classic Double Switch, hardcore brawler Skullgirls 2nd Encore, cult indie Monaco: Complete Edition – which includes zombie mode DLC –and the vertical shooter Ghost Blade HD which we reviewed on Xbox One back in 2017.

New Switch eShop releases

Double Switch – 25th Anniversary Edition – £10.79

Originally developed by Digital Pictures and released in 1993, Double Switch has been completely rebuilt, bringing it to a level of video quality never before seen.

You control a state-of-the-art security system wired into the building where you take part in the many simultaneous sub-plots as you sleuth to solve the ultimate mystery. Should you capture or protect the mansion’s weird and wild inhabitants and intruders?

Let’s Sing 2020 – £44.99

All begins with the first tone! Sing as solo Superstar or perform with your crew and friends to rock every party! With the latest version of the singing game Let’s Sing you can follow in the footsteps of cutting-edge artists and perform songs like Ava Max with “sweet but Psycho”, Lewis capaldi with “someone you loved”, Calvin Harris & dua lipa with “one kiss” And Rita Ora with “let you love me”. Grab the mic and party to international smashers like Robbie Williams with “Angels” Or spice girls with “wannabe”. Also, legendary classics like Queen with “the show must go on” Are part of a track list with 30 international tracks. Let’s Sing 2020 offers a great variety and has hits for everyone! Whether you’re training your voice solo or celebrating the next karaoke party with friends and family – fun is guaranteed with Let’s Sing 2020.

Cat Quest II – £12.99

CAT QUEST II is a 2D open-world action-RPG set in a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. Under threat from a continuing war between the cats of Felingard and the advancing dogs of the Lupus Empire, CAT QUEST II tells the tail of two kings, brought together against their will, on a journey of paw-some discovery to reclaim their thrones.

Mountain Peak Battle Mess – £1.39

High, high in the clouds, there is a small mountain. There are fierce battles. You are a warrior who must survive as long as possible. Everything depends on you.

〇× LOGIC PUZZLE 1000 ! – £11.39

There are 1000 quiz in 4 difficulties levels, try gradually the more difficult one, then fully enjoy the depth of LOGIC PUZZLE !

Anthill – £8.99

Join the ranks of Anthill, a gorgeous strategy game from Image & Form – the studio behind the SteamWorld series!

By drawing pheromone trails, you direct your ground forces to different destinations, working with streams of units rather than individual ants. Much like a tower defense game, your mission is to protect the hill as wave upon wave of enemy bugs are thrown at you.

Creepy Brawlers – £4.00

After a spectral hand pulls you out of your seat and into the silver screen, you become the underdog in an underworld championship. Lace up your gloves and get ready to duck, bob, and weave as you go toe to toe with a marathon of monsters. Better train like hell…

Lethis – Path of Progress – £17.99

Lethis – Path of Progress is an old school 2D city builder set in a Victorian Steampunk universe called Lethis. You will have to build and manage cities, provide resources for your inhabitants while making sure there are enough workers to sustain your production lines. Trade with others cities, honor the requests of the Emperor and make your citizens happy.

Dark Devotion – £17.99

Explore the secrets of a mysterious fallen temple and put your Templar faith to the test in Dark Devotion, where no sacrifice is too great in praise of your God. Measure your devotion and your bravery by journeying into deepest darkness for answers to questions that will challenge your very existence.

Ghost Blade HD – £13.49

Ghost Blade HD is an intense Bullet-Hell top down shoot ’em up, composed by frenetic and addictive score-based gameplay. With its inspiration going back to the shooting games of the 1990s era, Ghost Blade HD ties old memories to current tones and techniques. Designed with a modern graphic style and special effects, Ghost Blade HD also features an awesome 2-player mode! Ghost Blade HD is easy to learn, hard to master.

Winter Sports Games – £21.79

Off to the snow!

It does not matter if you prefer to ski, bobsleigh or sled down the ice rink, or relax curling the stones over the ice when curling – there is certainly something for everyone here.

Mary Skelter 2 – £35.99

The Nightmare continues in Mary Skelter 2! In this first-person dungeon crawler, play as fairy tale-inspired characters called Blood Maidens, each with deeply customizable character-specific classes. Balance between power and madness in turn-based battles with a blood-fueled transformation system, and escape a living prison while indestructible Nightmares give chase in real time.

PBA Pro Bowling – £19.99

Lace up your bowling shoes and experience the most realistic bowling simulation ever created with PBA Pro Bowling!

The Park – £8.99

Set in a creepy amusement park hiding a dark and sinister secret, The Park is a one to two hour long first-person psychological horror experience focusing on intense storytelling and exploration instead of combat and action.

Sea Salt – £13.49

Command an unruly troop of nightmarish creatures, cultists and horrors from the deep.

Control the whole swarm at once, directing it to attack your victims or withdraw to avoid their defenses.

Tangle Tower – £15.49

Freya Fellow has been murdered. The lead suspect? A shadowy figure found looming over her body, wielding a knife. The problem? That suspect… is just a painting.

Investigate the entirety of Tangle Tower, from the bizarre and eerie gardens, to the cold and ominous crime scene at the very top.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore – £19.99

Skullgirls 2nd Encore is finally available to play on the go on Nintendo Switch!  It is a beautiful, fast-paced, and critically acclaimed 2D fighting game that puts players in control of fierce warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world. Each of the 14 wildly original characters features unique gameplay mechanics and plenty of personality.

Day and Night – £16.79

In this fast, fun and frantic puzzle game, match and collect blocks and stay alive long enough to change time, flipping both the game and the rules!

Street Outlaws: The List – £34.99

Fasten your seat belts and take a ride inside the world of American street racing in STREET OUTLAWS: The List! From a custom street rod to a race-ready farm truck, the vehicles – and their drivers have one thing in common: the need for speed. 

Monaco: Complete Edition – £13.49

Monaco: Complete Edition more than doubles the content from the original release, including a survival campaign, and a zombie mode, and a new ultra-challenging campaign that brings closure and a twist to the epic heist story.

Fear of Traffic – £5.00

Designed to find its sweet spot among families and infants, you will have great moments with Fear of Traffic. With its colorful world and a magical soundtrack, you will play in this game where your mission will be that of finding the way out, avoiding blocked roads, animals, odd objects on the way and dramatic accidents with other drivers. You can try to ramp up your score finding hidden collectibles in every level. Because it is at this time that you should have a fear of traffic.

bayala – the game – £35.99

The game based on the movie! When the dragons disappear, the power of magic might vanish, too. Together with Surah, you set off on an adventure-packed journey through forests, into caves and across bayala’s Dragon Mountains. Face off against the evil Shadow Queen Ophira, save bayala from certain doom, and bring back the magic!

Tennis Go – £7.19

A fun and simple to play Tennis game for everyone!

Now you can play Tennis anytime, anywhere with Tennis Go. simply use the stick to control your character around the court to hit the ball and with a blend of speed and control win the crucial point and become the grand slam champion.

Dark Veer – £4.49

You try to sleep, but strange things keep happening. Each night you try to explain to your father about these terrifying events. Unfortunately, like most parents, they chalk it up to a child’s imagination and nothing more…

Into the Dead 2 – £31.49

Journey through the zombie apocalypse in a race to save your family. Arm yourself with an arsenal of powerful weapons and do whatever it takes to survive. Maim, mow down, and massacre the Dead – anything to keep moving! In a world where no one is safe, how far will you go to make it out alive?

Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers – £35.99

When strange events befall the town of Clocknee on the eve of a new year, the fabric of history will change forever!

Dusk Diver – £34.99

When an unstable dimensional rift brings together Gods, Phantoms and Humans – headstrong highschool girl Yang Yumo must step up to protect the neighbourhood. Fight alongside your guardians as part of a dynamic action-oriented combat system and expand your abilities by immersing yourself in the bustling streets, stores, personalities and even cuisines of Taipei.

Pixel Gladiator – £6.29

You’ve been sent to an abandoned planet as one of the participants of the most popular Gladiator show. Your goal is to survive as long as possible, fighting back deadly creatures in the focus of billions of viewers.

Soul Searching – £8.99

Soul Searching is a narrative survival game where you control a lone traveler who sails from homeland to an endless sea. On the way, you’ll visit different islands, discover stories of their people, and learn about souls and dragons.

Horror Pinball Bundle – £8.09

Enjoy 3 games in one with the perfect reproduction of real pinball machines, with all kinds of graphic details and sounds.

Pizza Bar Tycoon – £4.49

Your customers are already queuing up, so you’ll have to serve them as quickly as possible. However, that’s easier said than done!

Everyone’s in a hurry and you’ll have to prepare each order correctly, or else your customers are going to get crossed!

Deep Space Rush – £4.99

Join the DeTeam! A top-secret security force that protects the scientific space stations from virus contaminations!

Take on randomly generated levels to save everyone before they all get infected. Avoid traps and monsters to survive the sweep!

Ultra Off-Road 2019: Alaska – £16.19

Ultra Off-Road 2019: Alaska is an exciting game in which you’ll have the opportunity to drive around Alaska. Take on the role of a driver who tests his driving skills to the maximum. Advanced destruction system, dynamic time flow and great routes – everything is ahead of you!

New Switch demos

  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Demo 
  • Jet Kave Adventure Demo 
  • The friends of Ringo Ishikawa Demo 
  • Demolition Crew Demo 
  • Jewel Rotation Demo 

New on Wii U eShop…wait, what?

Space Intervention – £1.39

Save our galaxy from the invasion of an alien race.

Next week: Luigi’s Mansion 3, Race with Ryan, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, Windmill Kings, Spirit Roots, Xeno Crisis, Door Kickers: Action Squad, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6, Close to the Sun, VAMPYR, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, Disgaea 4 Complete+, Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, Earthfall: Alien Horde, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, Spaceland, The Big Journey, Yuri, Ghost Parade, and Polyroll.